Leonsis Sells Film Distribution Rights

Ted Leonsis invested $2 million in the film
Ted Leonsis invested $2 million in the film "Nanking," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. (Courtesy Of Ted Leonsis)
Friday, March 9, 2007

AOL Vice Chairman Ted Leonsis said yesterday that he sold the North American distribution rights to his documentary film "Nanking," which was shown at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

ThinkFilm, which bought the rights, plans to release "Nanking" to theaters later this year. A price for the deal was not disclosed.

Leonsis spent $2 million of his own money to produce the film, which tells the story of the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, through the recollections of a small group of Westerners who established a safety zone that provided a haven for more than 200,000 Chinese.

ThinkFilm, a privately held production and distribution company with offices in New York and Toronto, was the distributor of "Born Into Brothels," which won an Academy Award for best documentary in 2005.

-- Thomas Heath

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